At Hands N Harmony, owner and licensed massage therapist Nancy Brewington leverages her knowledge as a registered nurse to tailor every massage to best alleviate each client's specific discomfort. Her services aren't merely clinical, however. Her study of alternative health practices support her belief that each person is composed of equal parts mind, body, and spirit. Therefore she augments her Swedish, hot-stone, and deep-tissue massages with services such as chakra-opening healing touch and ends each massage by taking the time to share treatment advice, stretching exercises, and favorite massage-themed knock-knock jokes with her clients. As a partner of the Hands for Heroes program, she also volunteers her time to perform free bodywork for veterans and offers discounted massages to their spouses.
Claudia Salon & Spa relaxes and revamps every inch of the human body with a variety of pampering head-to-toe services. Vanquish visage villains with an array of facials that rejuvenate and freshen faces, like a spray of Pledge across a newly hewn wooden canoe. The 75-minute deep pore-cleansing facial ($85) ventures deep into the pits of derm despair to extract dirt, grime, and blemish behemoths. The 30-minute ionic footbath ($40) extracts from the opposite end, claiming to pull toxins and heavy metals from the body using positive charges and extended guitar solos. Treat toes to a deluxe pedicure complete with a mask and hot towels ($45), or betray finger preference with a deluxe manicure and paraffin treatment ($25).
Little girls swaddled in hot-pink bathrobes, their heads cradled by matching neck pillows, lay in repose, their faces coated in moisturizer and their eyes covered by cucumber slices. They're celebrating a birthday party in style from Love & Joy Parties and Event Planning, a mobile party service that coordinates pampered parties. Kids can get pedicures to prepare their feet for the flip-flops they'll decorate at the party or primp their skin with berry facials to look their best for a fashion show. Teens can celebrate sweet 16s or graduations with a candy bar and personalized water bottles, and moms-to-be can let Love & Joy handle the stress of matching tablecloths to the new baby's hair color.
At Sharkey's Cuts for Kids, children of all ages enjoy an energetic atmosphere and fun activities as their manes are tamed by experienced hands. New Playstation, Xbox, or Nintendo video games keep tykes entertained as they await their trimming sessions, and during cuts, kids sit in a specially shaped chair of their choosing, such as a Lightning McQueen, Barbie Jeep, or the H.M.S. Pinafore. TV shows and DVDs play during sessions to keep fidgeting to a minimum, and older children may opt for a sports game or concert available on Sharkey's satellite TV. Girls on the cusp of teenagehood may duck the velvet rope to the Tween Lounge, where locks are stylishly snipped. For their patience, younglings are rewarded with an end-of-session temporary tattoo, as well as a balloon and lollipop. The value of this Groupon may also be applied to service upgrades.
A maven is defined as a person who has special knowledge or experience, and the stylists at Maven proudly embody this definition. The multicultural hair experts can work with hair of any length, texture, and color. Their services include restorative conditioning treatments, bold color or highlights, basic and creative hairstyles, and relaxers.
Knockouts Haircuts for Men amps up the classic barbershop experience with a lavish, sports-themed approach to men's styling that has been featured on Today and CNBC's The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch. At a still-growing number of locations throughout the country, the company's all-female staff of stylists quarterbacks a full playbook of services ranging from bare-essential to spa-worthy. First and foremost, they clip shaggy locks, but they also administer facials, manicures, massages, and waxes. Complimentary beverages are included with every visit, giving patrons something to sip on while watching a sports game on TV or contemplating how they would fend off a lion using just a comb.
The experienced technicians at Dermatology Associates of San Antonio strive to slim silhouettes with contouring Exilis treatments. In a 20- to 45-minute process generally completed every two weeks, a knowledgeable staffer targets subdermal tissue with a computerized thermal-energy device. Throughout the slenderizing treatment, a cooling system monitors skin temperature to minimize discomfort and ensure that clients remain as cool as a cucumber grown in Miles Davis's garden. In addition to its slimming benefits, the process is designed to stimulate collagen production to smooth loose skin and wrinkles.